The Skewed church 

Spatial sequencing 

Without theological commentary intended, our answer for a new Russian Orthodox Church was the literal sequencing of its spatial DNA. 

Simultaneously as an answer to the trapezoidal site and its oddness in regards to contemporary design, we choose to slice and displace an archetypal model to create a new species. The gradient translation of each slice conforms to the skewed urban setting, incrementally skewing the church. This seemingly simple geometrical displacement fully and respectfully reinvents centuries old typology in a new landscape of complex, spiritual forms. 

The profoundly evocative intersection of domes is furthered into an additional geometrical change than unifies into a fluid space what is traditionally resulting from aggregations. A contemporary awe combines with tradition.


Later the sequencing would become vertical informing our proposal for Paris Gateway, a masterplan of mixed used buildings. 



DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects

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